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This site is dedicated to all who served aboard the USS Kretchmer, 1943 - 1973.

The USS Kretchmer Reunion Group was formed in 1988 when WWII Kretchmer crewman Dwane "Red" Robinson and his wife Rosie took the initiative, did the work and held the first reunion in their hometown of Emporia, Kansas. We have held a reunion every year since. We are proud to have on board crew members from the years 1943 through 1973.

This site is here for anyone with ties to the USS Kretchmer DE/DER329 to find old shipmates, to communicate with and share stories and photos and to get updates on mates, first mates and family. Our ultimate goal is to get you to attend a reunion!


Reunion 2019

Carolyn and I were honored to host the 32nd annual Kretchmer reunion here in our home-town of Dayton, Ohio.  Dates were Sept. 11-15 and all 80-some Kretchmer family and friends had a good time in the "Birthplace of Aviation".  Considering the health problems that Carolyn and I have had for the past year, we could not have managed this event without the duo of Lavon and Patti Miller stepping up to manage the Hospitality Room, from purchase to set-up to clean-up.  Thanks to all who attended and supported another successful party.



       2020 REUNION NEWS

  Sadly, because of the onset of the Covid-19 virus throughout the world, we have determined it necessary to cancel this years reunion in San Antonio.  Heeding the advice of science and medical professionals, we feel that it is important to ensure the health of all of us in the "Most vulnerable" age group.
  We have worked with the San Antonio hotel to agree to cancel this year and return in 2022 with the same contract. For next year, 2021, we will meet in Ft. Myers, Florida.  Ron and Sharon Basil have contracts signed and plans underway to host this reunion. 
  Take care of yourselves, stay well so that we can resume our great tradition in Florida, 2021.


TO VIEW PHOTOS OF THE 2019 DAYTON REUNION, COURTESY OF                                        
                    RALPH SULEK and CAROLYN STRONG,                    
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